Meet The Team

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You are only ever as good as your team & this is a great team

Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr. John J. Hayward


(2018-)

Dr. Samuel Aremu
(2018-)
Dr. Bukola Aremu
(2018-)
Dr. Farsheed Shahbazi 


(2019-)

Dr. Nazir Tahir
(2019-)
Dr. Ronnie Banerjee 
(2019-)
Dr. Muhammad Usman Mirza


(2020-)

 
Dr. Michael J. Krause
(2021-)
 
 
Dr. Abd Al-Aziz Abu-Saleh

(2021-)

 
 
Dr. Purshotam Sharma

(2021-)

 
 
Dr. Sarfraz Ahmad

(2021-)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dr. Ezequiel Silva Nigenda

(2022-)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dr. Kasra Razmkhah

(2022-)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dr. Mary Egbuta

(2022-)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dr. Anton Homon

(2022-)

 
Dr. Maryam Pezhmanmehr

(2023-)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dr. Daniel Meister

(2023-)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dr. Khalil Dehvari

(2023-)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dr. Wence Giuseppe Herrera Rondon

(2024-)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dr. Sanaz Nadimi


(2024-)

Doctoral Students

Michael Reynolds
(2017-)
Sarah Nasri


(2020-)

 
Samra Khan
(2020-)
Sanam Mohammadzadeh

(2020-)

Behzad Bolandi
(2020-)
Sama Dehghan
(2021-)
Elham Pourian
(2021-)
Peihan Xu

(2020-)

Olena Tykhoniuk

(2022-)

Jhanielle James

(2024-)

 
Mohaddeseh Mansouri

(2024-)

 

Masters Students

Vlad Lytychevskyi

(2023-)

 
Will Hosie


(2023-)

 
Victoria Kis


(2023-)

 
Jaxon Laramie


(2024-)

 
Pavithra Prasad Bala


(2024-)

 

Visiting Scholars

Mahasin Al-Shabi

(2019-)

Neda Mazinani

(2023-)

 
Dr. Mahwish Siddiqui

(2024-)

 
Utkarsh Pandey

(2024-)

 
Claire Laury

(2024-)

 

Undergraduate Researchers

Teagan Kukhta


(2025)

 
Laith Almasri


(2025)

 
Nerojini Nehruji


(2025)

 
Alex Sabadus


(2025)

 
Anna Jones


(2025)

 
Jonathan Houser


(2026)

 
Ryan Gaudet


(2026)

 
Liz Sylvestre


(2026)

 
Connor Filiault


(2026)

 
Vivian Peng


(2026)

 
Joseph O’Neil


(2026)

 
Aleena Kappadakunnel


(2026)

 
Dania Mousa


(2026)

 
Favour Aremu


(2026)

 
Alejandra Diaz-Otero


(2026)

 
Madison Leung


(2026)

 
Najwa Mallisho 


(2026)

 
Mariam Akram


(2027)

 
Treasure Moriyo


(2027)

 
Emma Kljajic


(2027)

 
Julia Rubino


(2027)

 
Tristan Hanson


(2027)

 
James Bahadori


(2027)

 
Mina Pairawan


(2027)

 
Samantha Paonessa


(2027)

 
Artem Pyrozhok


(2027)

 
Rebecca Kozora


(2027)

 
Massimo Figliomeni


(2027)

 
Christina Jiga


(2027)

 
Alexandra Leu 


(2027)

 
Aya El Rifai 


(2027)

 
Grace Dicarlo 


(2027)

 

High-School Researchers & Students

Iman Yekinni

(April 2023-Present)

 Volunteer 

 

Research Staff

Imran Ahmad Khan

(2021-)

 
Saeed Velayati

 

(2021-)

 
Angela Mulcaster

(2022-)

 
Arezoo Khodaei

(2023-)

 
Akshat Nehra

(2024-)

 
Devam Zanzmera

(2024-)

 
Deep Gandhi

(2024-)

 
Karan Mahajan

(2024-)

 
Tamanna Kaiser

(2024-)

 

Alumni

Postdocs & Research Associates

Dr. N. Kodiah Beyeh

(April 2017-July 2018)

Dr. Christopher Dieni
(April 2018-June 2019)
Dr. Martin Bakht


(Nov 2019- Jan 2020)

Dr. Ashley Dadalt


(Dec 2020- Feb 2022)

Current position:

Postdoctoral Researcher

(U of Windsor)

Dr. Kanchan Sinha Roy

(Dec 2021- Feb 2022)

Current position:

Postdoctoral scholar

(Stanford University)

Dr. Neda Mashhadi

(Oct 2020- Aug 2022)

Current Position:

Research Scientist

(Hiram Walker & Sons Ltd.)

Dr. Fraser Pick

(Sep 2018- Mar 2022)

Co-founder

Spoitz Enterprises Inc.

Dr. Nazanin Taimoory


(Jul 2016- Oct 2022)

Current position:

Senior scientist

NuChem, Montreal

Dr. Maryam Kosar


(May 2020- Mar 2023)

 
Dr. Atefe Ghodrati


(2020-2024)

 
Dr. Farnaz Abed Ashtiani

(2022-2023)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dr. Joseph Bautista

(2022-2024)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Former Grad Students

Emmanuel Perez Escalante

(July 2019-December 2019)

 
Dominique Leckie

 (September 2016-July 2017)

Xiao Yu

(2018-2020)

 

Current Position:

 

Doctoral Student

(McMaster University)

 
Dr. Iraj Sadraei

(2016-2020)

 

Current Position:

 
 

NuChem Therapeutics

 

(Montreal)

 
Samaneh Mehri

(2019-2021)


Current Position:

 
 

Doctoral Student

 

(UAB Alabama)

 
Susanna Vu

(2020-2022)

 

Current Position:

Doctoral Student

(Concordia University)

Paul Tucci

(2020-2022)

 
Atousa Ahmadi

(2021-2022)

Current Position:

Doctoral Student

(Univesity of Windsor)

Dr. Mana Dashti

(2017-2023)

Current Position:

 

İrem Şimşek

(2021-2023)

 
Dr. Daniel Meister


(2016-2023)

Dr. Sanaz Nadimi


(2019-2024)

Jhanielle James

(2022-2024)

 
Mohaddeseh Mansouri

(2023-2024)

 

Former Research Staff

Wence Herrera Rondon

(2023-2023)

 
Viana Dayhimi

(2023-2023)

 
Mehran Salehy Moghadam

(2023-)

 

Former Undergrad Students

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Eileen-Yunjung O

(2017 – 2017)

 

Current Position:

 

 

Unknown

 
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Vrunjal Gandhi

(2017 – 2017)

 

Current Position:

 

 

Scientist, Apotex

 
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Angela Simonovski

(2017 – 2017)

 

Current Position:

 

 

Pharmacy Student

 

(University of Queensland,

 

Australia)

 
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Adan Sadiq Ahmed

(2016 – 2017)

 

Current Position:

 

 

Medical Professional Intern &

 

Teacher at a private school

 

(Windsor)

 
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Adan Sadiq Ahmed

(2016 – 2017)

 

Current Position:

 

 

Medical Professional Intern &

 

Teacher at a private school

 

(Windsor)

 
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Emmanuel Igbokwe

(2016 – 2017)

 

Current Position:

 

 

Medical School

 

(University of Toronto)

 
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Rohaila Zehra

(2017 – 2018)

 

Current Position:

 

 

Quality Assurance Scientist

 

Accuristix

 
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Zachary Rezler

(2018 – 2018)

 

Current Position:

 

 

Medical School

 

(McMaster University)

 
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Rose Fayoumi

(2016 – 2018)

 

Current Position:

 

 

Unknown

 
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Jonathan Franke

(2018 – 2018)

 

Current Position:

 

 

MSc. Chemical Biology

 

Student at HKI

 

(Germany)

 
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Jana Khanafer

(2018 – 2018)

 

Current Position:

 

 

Advanced Foot and Brace

 

(Windsor)

 
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Anthony Chifor

(2017 – 2019)

 

Current Position:

 

 

Research Assistant

 

(Wayne State University)

 
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Michael Qadish

(2017 – 2019)

 

Current Position:

 

 

Medical School

 

(University of Toronto)

 
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Liam LeClair

(2018 – 2019)

 

Current Position:

 

 

Professional Lacrosse Player

 

Medical Student

 

(Western University,

 

Windsor Campus)

 
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Mansi Arora

(2018 – 2019)

 

Current Position:

 

 

Student in Health and

 

Biomedical Science

 

(University of Windsor)

 
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Ashutosh Agrahari

(2019 – 2019)

 

Current Position:

 

 

Graduate Student

 

(Purdue University)

 
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Asma Ghafoor

(2017-2019)

 

Current Position:

 

 

Medical School

 

(McMaster University)

 
Jonathan Chiaramonte

(2018-2019)

 

Current Position:

 

 

Deceased

 
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Greg Yousif

(2016-2019)

 

Current Position:

 

 

Medical School, Schiluch School

 

(University of Western Ontario)

 
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Advait Desai

(2016-2019)

 

Current Position:

 

 

Medical School, Schiluch School

 

(University of Western Ontario)

 
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Mihir Modi

(2018-2019)

 

Current Position:

 

 

Student in Health

 

& Biomedical Science

 

(University of Windsor)

 
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Marta Haireek

(2018-2019)

 

Current Position:

 

 

Student in Molecular Biology

 

and Biotechnology

 

(University of Windsor)

 
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Fabiola Villareal

(2019-2019)

 

Current Position:

 

 

Student

 

(ITESM, Mexico)

 
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Tarasha Sharma

(2019-2019)

 

Current Position:

 

 

Student in Biopharmaceutical

 

Science

 

(University of Ottawa)

 
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Maya Sutherland

(2019-2020)

 

Current Position:

 

 

Student in Health &

 

Biomedical Science

 

(University of Windsor)

 
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Thomson Ly

(2017-2020)

 

Current Position:

 

 

Dental School

 

(University of Western Ontario)

 
Carmen Ly

(2017-2020)

 

 

 

 
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Peter Bahnam

(2017-2020)

 

Current Position:

 

 

Pharmacist’s Assistant

 

 
Victoria Grandi

(2018-2020)

 

Current Position:

 

 

Medical School

 

(University of British Columbia)

 
Joy-Lynn Kobti

(2017-2020)

 

Current Position:

 

 

Grad Student, Vukotic Lab

 

(University of Windsor)

 
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Maksmilian Dzioura

(2018-2020)

 

Current Position:

 

 

MSc. Student, Marquardt Group

 

(University of Windsor)

 
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Ali Barazi

(2017-2020)

 

Current Position:

 

 

Medical School

 

(Schulich Western,

 

Windsor Campus)

 
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Aman Sehmbi

(2017-2020)

 

Current Position:

 

 

Medical School

 

(University of Toronto)

 
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Michelle Park

(2019-2021)

 

Current Position:

 

 

Undergrad Student, Fritz Group

 

(University of Windsor)

 
Emma Dennison

(2017-2021)

 

Current Position:

 

 

Medical School

 

(Queen’s University)

 
Sabrina Piazza

(2017-2021)

 

Current Position:

 

 

Pharmacy School

 

(University of British Columbia)

 
Khushali Parikh

(2018-2021)

 

Current Position:

 

 

Grad Student, Bain Group

 

(University of Windsor)

 
Sara Knezevic

(2018-2021)

 

Current Position:

 

 

Grad Student, the D’Costa Group

 

(University of Ottawa)

 
Lavleen Mader

(2018-2021)

 

Current Position:

 

 

Grad Student, Keillor Group

 

(University of Ottawa)

 
Maria Buglisi

(2018-2021)

 

Current Position:

 

 

Walmart Canada

 
Teodora Secara

(2017-2021)

 

Current Position:

 

 

MSc Medical Science

 

(University of Toronto)

 
Nour Elkott

(2018-2021)

 

Current Position:

 

 

AI Software Development

 

(Utah, USA)

 
Chloe Dickson

(2021-2022)

 

Current Position:

 

 

Undergrad Student

 

University of Windsor

 
Abdulrahman Aljoudi

(2018-2022)

 

Current Position:

 

 

Undergrad Student

 

University of Windsor

 
A.J. Villas

(2021-2022)

 

Current Position:

 

 

Undergrad Student

 

University of Windsor

 
Emma Flynn

(2018-2022)

 

Current Position:

 

 

Undergrad Student

 

University of Windsor

 
Kaitlyn Breault

(2019-2022)

 

Current Position:

 

 

Grad Student, Magolan Group

 

(McMaster University)

 
Keith Wong

(2019-2022)

 

Current Position:

 

 

Medical School

 

(University of Ottawa)

 
Moutasem Seifi

(2021-2022)

 

Current Position:

 

 

Grad Student, Rondeau-Gagné

 

Group

 

(University of Windsor)

 
Vagisha Aggarwal

(2021-2022)

 

Current Position:

 

 

Grad Student,

 
Waffa Bakheet

(2019-2022)

 

Current Position:

 

 

Grad Student

 

 
Braedan Breault

(2022-2022)

 

Current Position:

 

 

 
Guntaas Oberoi

(2022-2022)

 

Current Position:

 

 

 
Brad Murphy

(2022-2022)

 

Current Position:

 

Undergrad student,

 

University of Windsor

 

 

 
Jordyn Doherty

(2021-2022)

 

Current Position:

 

Undergrad student

 

University of Windsor

 

 
Linda Nguyen

(2022-2022)

 

Current Position:

 

Undergrad student

 

University of Windsor

 

 
Ana Carolina Terso Ventura


(2022-2022)

 

Current Position:

 

Undergrad student

 

State University of Ponta Grossa

Caroline Gaibel


(2022-2022)

Current Position:

Undergrad student

Georg-August University

Farshad Murtada


(2021-2022)

Current Position:

Doctoral Student, University of Toronto

Biomedical Engineering

 
Afeson Beyene


(2018-2022)

Current position:

Unknown

 
Adam Gaisinsky

 

(2022-2022)

Current Position: 

Undergrad student 

University of Windsor

Sona Regonda


(2022-2022)

Current Position:

Undergrad student

University of Windsor

 
Alex Stoinescu


(2022-2023)

Current Position: 

Undergrad Student

University of Windsor

 
Sara Alabed


(2023)

 
Sukhleen Nagra


(2023)

 
Will Hosie


(2023)

 
Chelsea Ymana

(2023)

 
Noah Robinson

(2023)

 
Maria Rueda

(2023)

 
Jason Wong


(2023)

 
Ryan Salama
(2023)
Maria Meer


(2023)

 
Jessica Dennison


(2023)

 
Sahana Kalidindi


(2024)

 
Fadi Naom


(2024)

 
Dami Babs-Olorunfemi


(2025)

 
Victoria Kis
(2023)
Pavithra Prasad


(2024)

 
Prajwal Ananthanarayana


(2024)

 
Lukas Merk


(2024)

 
Sofia Milicia


(2027)

 
Fadya Youssef


(2027)

 
Brock Murphy


(2027)

 
Robyn Jütte


(2027)

 
Ayesha Sayyeda


(2025)

 
Kaitlin Ferraro


(2026)

 
Isaac Gagnier


(2024)

 
Jaxon Laramie


(2024)

 
Chitra Bidlon


(2024)

 
Sophia Campana


(2024)

 
Adam Salloum


(2024)

 
Deya’a Almasri


(2024)

 
Mohamad El Mais


(2024)

 
Jaden Burke


(2026)

 
Tayeba Azeem


(2026)

 

Former High-School Researchers

Anumita Jain

(June 2019 – July 2020)

 
Catherine Lalman

 (June 2018 – July 2019)

Owen Diesenhaus

(July 2020-June 2022)

 Current position:

Undergrad Student

Electrical Engineering

University of Wisconsin-Madison 

 
Madison Beltran

(August 2022-June 2023)

 Volunteer 

 
Dalinna Ung

(July 2023-Present)

 Volunteer 

 

Former Research Staff

Mohamad Rasizadeh

(2019-2021)

 
Aiyireti (Dina) Dilinaer

(2018-2023)

 
Sara Hassanzadehroknabadi

(2022-2023)

 

Jonathan Chiaramonte (2019-2020)

B.Sc. University of Windsor (Trant Team 2018-2019) Jonathan was born in Windsor and grew up in Owen Sound before coming back to the University of Windsor for his B.Sc. in Biochemistry (2014-2019). His undergraduate research includes a year volunteering for Dr. Koschinsky and Dr. Boffa under the supervision of Dr. Scipione. He then joined Dr. Trant’s research group in organic synthesis (2018), specifically working towards the synthesis of “acetal-free” carbohydrates (2018-19). His undergraduate research included the synthesis of a glucose bio-probe, which can be used to monitor malignant cells due to their preference for aerobic glycolysis. The second project in Jonathan’s undergraduate research dealt with the induction of asymmetry in the Diels-Alder reaction – a possible avenue towards the synthesis of “acetal-free” carbohydrate mimics. His graduate work focused on further developing these technologies to generate innovative cancer vaccines. Outside the lab, Jonathan’s interests included various sports, pharmacology, toxicology, and drug design. Jonathan passed away in an accident on New Year's Day 2020. Jon was an exceptonally promising researcher and we were both extremely excited about his progress and the new projects he was taking on. He will be greatly missed by all of us in the Team. His work and contributions to the group during his time with us are honoured and will be remembered.

Dr. John J. Hayward

Postdoctoral Researcher

(2018-)

 B.A./M.Sci. University of Cambridge (UK)  Ph.D. University of Cambridge (UK)  PDF University of Windsor  PDF Brock University John is a Brit by birth, but has since become a Canadian Permanent Resident. He gained all his degrees from the University of Cambridge, with his PhD earned under the supervision of Prof. Steve Ley FRS CBE. His PhD studies covered a diverse array of topics, from organocatalysis, flow chemistry and microwave-assisted organic synthesis to the study of non-covalent interactions in the crystalline state. Feeling that a this diverse experience of chemistry was the way forward, he joined the group of Dr Jeremy Rawson, Chair in Molecular Materials at the University of Windsor, where he focussed on a variety of organo-main group and solid state/materials research topics. A productive year with Dr Melanie Pilkington at Brock University followed, focussing on ligand design for transition metal complexes. Starting to yearn for some organic synthesis, he moved across campus to join Prof. Tomáš Hudlický’s group. Since late 2016 he has been back in Windsor, with research positions in the computational enzymology group of Dr James Gauld and now as part of the Trant Team. Concurrent to this he has had several teaching appointments at the University of Windsor, for which he has been awarded the UWSA and Ontario Universities Student Alliance Teaching Awards. John’s research interests are as diverse as his chemical biography would suggest, and include the application of enabling technologies to discover new reactions in organic (and inorganic) synthesis, the application of novel reactivity to compounds of biological interest and the study of intermolecular forces by computational and crystallographic means. This makes him a good match with John T. Some more self-aggrandisement can be found on the web at www.john-hayward.net.

Dr. Oluwole Samuel Aremu

Postdoctoral Researcher

(2018-)

   B.Tech. (Hons) Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, (Nigeria) 
   M.Sc. University of Ibadan (Nigeria)
   Ph.D. University of KwaZulu-Natal, (Durban, South Africa)
   PDF North-West University (Mafikeng, South Africa)
   PDF Linnaeus University (Kalmar, Sweden)

      Samuel was born in Ibadan, Nigeria, and obtained his B.Tech. (Hons.) in Pure and Applied Chemistry from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Ogbomoso, Nigeria, and his Master’s degree in Organic Chemistry at the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. He taught as an Organic Chemistry lecturer at Bowen University, Iwo, Nigeria, before completing his doctoral degree at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa under the supervision of Prof. Neil Koorbanally. His doctoral research was on the synthesis, characterization and biological evaluation of novel pyrimidine derivatives. After completing his PhD, he obtained ahighly competititive  South Africa National Research Foundation grant (Postdoctoral fellowship for DST Innovation) for two years at North-West University with Prof. Lebogang Katata-Seru, where he works on the synthesis, characterization and application of polymeric nanoparticles for an Anti-HIV drug delivery system. He also works as a PDF at Linnaeus University, Kalmar, Sweden with Prof. Ian Nicholls on the synthesis of molecular imprinted polymers and on computational chemistry. His research interests focus broadly on the organic synthesis of bioactive molecules, isolation and synthesis of natural products, the development of green chemistry methodologies, and materials science. He will be working on the syntheses of biologically active carbohydrates derivatives and the computational modelling of cannabinoid-receptor interactions during his time with the Trant Team at the University of Windsor.

Dr. Bukola Rhoda Aremu

Postdoctoral Researcher

(2018-)

B.Tech. (Hons) Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, (Nigeria) 
M.Sc. Federal University of Agriculture (Abeokuota, Nigeria)
Ph.D. North-West University, (Mafikeng, South Africa)
PDF North-West University (Mafikeng, South Africa)

Bukola graduated in 2001 with a B.Tech. (Hons.) in Pure and Applied Biology from the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (Nigeria) and MSc. in Genetics from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (Nigeria) in 2006. She lectured at Bowen University from 2008 till 2012 before she relocated to the North-West University in Mafikeng, South Africa to pursue her PhD with Prof. Olubukola Oluranti Babalola in molecular biotechnology developing an efficient rapid method to detect marcegens in exportable vegetables. After defending her thesis in 2016, she stayed with Prof. Babalola’s group to work on the interactions between maize and its pathogens, using genomic and proteomic data to better define the response to infection. She obtained a highly competititive South Africa National Research Foundation PDF grant, and is using its mobility to work with Dr. Trant’s team on the proteomic correlations of the tumour-associated carbohydrate antigens.

Dr. Farsheed Shahbazi Raz

Postdoctoral Researcher
(2019-)
B.Sc. Ardabil University (Iran) 
M.Sc. University of Tabriz (Iran)
Ph.D. Shahid Beheshti University (Iran)
 
Farsheed was born and lived in Ardabil, the coldest city in Iran, until the end of his undergraduate studies.  He completed his Master’s degree in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Tabriz, Iran, under the supervision of Prof. Ali Akbar Khandar. In 2016, he completed his doctorate at Shahid Beheshti University, Iran, where he conducted theoretical calculations to design spin crossover complexes under the supervision of Prof. Naser Safari. After his PhD he spent two years as the Local R&D Manager for MSM United Inc, a Canadian cosmetic company, in the Middle East.  His research interests focus on the use of computational chemistry for determining peptide function employing unnatural amino acids. In his spare time Farsheed enjoys being with his family, outdoor activities, Kickboxing, and traveling. As a member of the Trant Team, he will be working on the development of artificial amino acids for autoimmune disease treatments.